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Celia Chan-Valerio, DM

Applied Faculty, Harp

Dr. Celia Chan Valerio received her Doctor and Master of Music in harp performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington where she completed her studies under the direction of Susann McDonald.  In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University.


Celia is the Adjunct Professor of Harp at Cal Baptist University and La Sierra University, Harp Instructor, University of California Riverside and former principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida.  She teaches privately and performs as a solo harpist in Southern California. 


Celia has been playing the harp professionally for 30 years.  During this time, she received many awards and top prizes in various competitions including the Anne Adams Awards, American String Teachers Association--State and National Competition, American Harp Society Competition, Redlands Bowl Competition, and Music Teachers Association Competition and was a semi-finalist in the USA International Harp Competition.  


She has performed as a soloist for the American Harp Society National Conference, World Harp Congress Convention, Indianapolis Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Brandstater Gallery Concert Series.  She has worked extensively in the recording studios and live performances and has traveled around the United States as well as Australia, Canada, France, and Mexico.  


Celia is a native of Loma Linda where she resides with her husband and daughter.